Jacob “Jake” Zukowski passed away peacefully in his sleep on March 5, 2024 at the age of 48. Jacob was born on November 16, 1975 in Pittsburgh, Penn.

He was the beloved son of the late Robert and Claudia (Cygnarowicz) and the adored brother of his late sister, Robin. Although preceded in death by his parents and sister, he forever carried cherished memories and great love for them for all of his remaining days. Jake is survived by his large and loving family — aunts, uncles and many cousins — all who love him dearly. And all whom Jacob dearly loved. He truly felt grateful and blessed to be a part of his family. Jake truly loved Kat, his most-beloved friend and soulmate. Jake loved Rubin (and Arlo and Otis) and all dogs and received great joy from their company. Jake was fortunate to be surrounded by dear friends. He cherished them and enjoyed having fun and spending time with each of them.

When you were with Jake, you were in a “judgment-free” zone! Jake accepted everyone and met them where they were. He offered kindness and love to all. Jake had a big loving, caring and giving heart and he appreciated everyone and everything. His welcoming smile and laughter reached out to so many. His sharp wit and sense of humor made him so much fun to be around.

Jake was a graduate of the Pittsburgh Culinary Institute and worked for many years as a chef. He created exquisite dishes that were enjoyed by folks on both the East and West coasts. For over five years Jake worked at the prestigious Ingomar Club at the Carson Mansion in Eureka, where his talents were appreciated by all who had the pleasure of tasting his dishes and where his kind and generous spirit and fun-loving wit were held dear by coworkers. He then chose to move on and merge his culinary skills with his love of the outdoors. Most recently, Jake was a chef at the Vermillion Valley Resort (VVR) located in the Sierra Nevada Mountains in Lakeshore, Calif. He was able to use his cooking skills while also helping people along their travels on the Pacific Coast Trail — a personal favorite destination for Jake.

Jake loved listening to music and camping. He enjoyed researching and collecting different camping equipment to help make his outings successful. He found solace and peace while spending time outdoors.

Jake was filled with passion, persistence and trust in God. His spirit was strong and courageous. He was filled with gratitude and appreciation. Never bitter or resentful, he forgave everyone. He truly loved. And he loved in a truly pure way. His light will forever shine and his love, ever pure, will remain with us forever.


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